AMD VS Intel: What’s The Best Processor?
The age-old battle between AMD and Intel rages on. The sun is starting to set on 12 and 14nm architecture so the company that can perfect 7 or 10nm first will hold a massive advantage. We should be seeing this arrive within the next year or so.
A decade ago, Intel and AMD had the world at their feet. Intel’s distinctive audio logo rang out wherever laptops were sold and AMD’s future was bright thanks to its 2006 acquisition of graphics powerhouse ATI. However, these chip giants haven’t kept up with the times quite as well as perhaps they should.
The tech landscape is fast changing and Intel and AMD’s apparent slowness to switch focus to mobile computing has allowed other chip manufacturers – most notably ARM but also the likes of VIA and Qualcomm – to dominate this huge new market.
Although things looked somewhat bleak a few years ago, there’s been something of a resurgence of gaming PCs and the choice of laptops is broader than ever, and it’s the tablet market which is seeing a decline.
Current AMD and Intel processors
As 2018 draws to a close, Intel has announced their range of 9th generation processors. While still a step up from the 8th generation Coffee Lake offering, they’re not a massive improvement with the removal of hyperthreading from the high mid-range and the inclusion of the 9th generation i9 as the highest tier of consumer desktop processor.
AMD’s Ryzen 2 series put in an extremely strong showing at the start of this year, and still stacks up well against Intel’s top offerings – although AMD is, without question, being beaten on single core performance.
This has historically been the case, however, and AMD offers a much better value proposition per code coupled with the fact that very impressive air coolers come boxed with the CPUs. The AMD processors are by no means slow, and can easily handle extremely demanding workloads – but there is no doubt Intel is the better performer, but with a cost.
Realistically, the increased performance that Intel offers on each single core won’t make a whole lot of difference but it is there.
AMD’s Ryzen 3 will be approaching at the start of next year, but the next large battleground will be 10nm or 7nm technology – both AMD and Intel are rushing to produce stable chips on smaller nano-architecture, and the first to do it will hold a massive advantage over the other.
Why does Intel vs AMD matter?
If you’re buying a traditional laptop or PC, AMD and Intel are your only choices for processors, but don’t make the mistake of thinking the PC’s slump in popularity means either company is sliding towards irrelevance. Intel doesn’t make all its money from PC and laptop processors, of course.
It also produces graphics processors, wired and wireless network adaptors, server and workstation processors and components, plus set-top box parts. You’ll even find Intel chips in many smartphones: certain models of the iPhone X have an Intel modem.